Hrebenne – complex of Orthodox churches
18 January 2013
Hrebenne is a small village situated in the Southern Roztocze [Roztocze Południowe] in Lubycza Królewska Commune. The wooden complex of Orthodox churches is set on one of the hills close to a border crossing between Poland and Ukraine. Oaks and lindens, natural monuments, grow next to the complex. The St. Nicholas Greek Catholic church stands right next to a wooden two-storey pole belltower, which dates back to the 17th century; the area is enclosed by a wooden fence with a brick gate that was built in the 19th century.
The Orthodox Church has a three-part log construction. All three parts are three-storey and are of square structure, covered by octangular domes and lanterns. They are separated by wide canopies. Fragments of the 17th-18th century iconostas, with icons and a polychrome from that period, can be seen inside the temple. The polychrome located on the rainbow wall that illustrates Christ the Redeemer, twelve apostles and Holy Mary the Intercessor are particularly fascinating.
The Orthodox Church was transformed into a Roman Catholic church after the Second World War. Greek Catholic masses were introduced back on Easter in 1964. Since 1978 masses of both religions take place there. Currently, the church belongs to Greek Catholic parish in Przemyśl.
An old Greek Catholic graveyard is located in the woods, north of the village. Many ethnic graves, which are also called bruśnieńskie tombstones, after Stare and Nowe Brusno villages, where a major stone masonery was situated, have been preserved there.
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